Rotary Youth Exchange Program
“An exchange is when a stranger becomes family, foreigners become friends, a second language becomes like your first and a year suddenly becomes a day.”
Contact PDG Ian Shuey – Rotary Youth Exchange Chairman, Ph 0409 979 947, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ,
The Youth Exchange Program is an International exchange for young people between the ages of 15 and 18. The exchange is for a 12 month period during which time the student is hosted by three or four families, experiencing different lifestyles. Up to 15 students are exchanged each year.
It is a reciprocal educational exchange, therefore students must attend school.
Spending time abroad as a Rotary Exchange Student is a great opportunity for students to experience a new culture, a new language, to be an ambassador for Rotary and Tasmania and to build lifelong friendships.
Inbound students arrive in July/August ; outbound students depart in January.
Here is a video made at a week-end in Mont-St Michel with almost all the inbound students in France. There were around 300 Rotary Exchange students together for a weekend in October 2015.
The Youth Exchange Program committee conducts three orientation days and camps to assist inbound students to become acclimatised and to prepare outbound students for their twelve months abroad.
A Scholarship is available to assist students who are unable to participate due to financial difficulties.
A Question and Answer video for parents–
Rotex Rebound – an organisation for Rotary Exchange students returning to Tasmania has been reformed.
The group exists to support Tasmanian Exchange students and families once the student returns home after a year of immense change. Rotex members also provide valuable advice at camps to students preparing to go overseas.
Contact the Youth Exchange Program committee
Chair: PDG Ian Shuey (Hobart) 0409 979 947
Inbound Coordinator: Heather Berechree 0400 081 782
Outbound Coordinator: Liz Bulman (Youngtown) 0417 520 798
Administration: Kim Pitt (Kingston) 0418124 508
Counsellor: Merilyn Briggs (South Launceston) 0438 522 352
Tassie Tour Coordinator: Mike Woods (Salamanca) 0408 508 299
Trainer: David Berechree (Hobart) 0400 071 782
Assistant Trainer: Belinda Jefferies (Hobart) 0419 319 696
Information for Clubs involved with Rotary Youth Exchange
Essential information to assist Rotary Clubs to understand what is involved in hosting an inbound exchange student and to allow the Club to implement the Rotary International Youth Exchange Certification processes. Much of the information in the Manual is relevant to Clubs sponsoring an outbound student.
Guide for Inbound Youth Exchange Club Counsellors (Updated June 2017)
Guide for Inbound Youth Exchange Host Families (Updated June 2017)
Guide for Outbound Youth Exchange Club Counsellors ((Updated June 2017)
Guide for Outbound Youth Exchange Students (Updated June 2017
Accelerated learning of Mandarin through a Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship to Taiwan
Find out more
RT 8 Oct 2017